Online July 2014

Space, the final frontier

Newly-weds Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham want to get even closer. Following the successful conclusion of their merger talks, they’re now after an office where they can really get to know each other. Just don’t bother offering them a Canary Wharf office. Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham kickstart search for new City HQ Charles Russell […]

Ogier Legal promotes four Channel Islands-based lawyers

Ogier Legal has announced that four Channel Islands-based lawyers were promoted on 1 August as part of a continued investment in training.  There have been three promotions to managing associate as well as a promotion from associate to senior associate. Two of these promotions are in Guernsey with a further two promotions in Jersey. In […]

It’s Yorkshire Day, but not at Addleshaws…

Pin a white rose to your chest and belt out that good old anthem On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at. It’s Yorkshire Day. Sadly, as our feature last week pointed out, Yorkshire – or at any rate its financial centre of Leeds – has struggled a little in terms of the legal market in the last […]

Nice work if you can get it

If you work in business development there is really only one story this week. Yes, as we reported yesterday, marketing heads at some of London’s top 60 law firms are being paid as much as £477,000. The story immediately unleashed a torrent of comments on, with much of the debate focusing on the age-old […]

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance new leadership sees both finance and capital markets heads replaced

Clifford Chance managing partner Matthew Layton has appointed a new-look executive leadership group to replace its management committee following a dramatic overhaul earlier this month. The firm rewrote its constitution after a vote last week to replace its practice group and regional heads by appointment rather than via elections. Clifford Chance also voted to establish a […]


Mishcon faces £66k damages bill after banker’s prof neg claim

Mishcon de Reya will pay over £66,000 in damages and interest to a former client after partially losing a professional negligence case in the High Court. Mrs Justice Simler upheld a portion of former trader Russell Chweidan’s damages claim in contract and tort for professional negligence because of Mishcon’s failure to cross-appeal in time an […]

No5 Chambers’ Sarah Buckingham prosecutes sex abuse charge teacher

No5 Chambers’ Sarah Buckingham has prosecuted Marcus Marcussen, 91, of Rochford, Worcestershire, who is charged with 28 counts of indecent assault and two charges of indecency with a child against 14 boys between 1957 and 1978. Marcussen has pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court. He is alleged to have carried out the offences while working […]

Stacey Coote

Navigating the e-auction minefield

How law firm auctions can work in your favour. More and more often, corporate law departments are turning to law firm auctions in order to streamline operations, ensure optimal legal representation and control costs. While they are often perceived as blunt instruments designed solely to reduce pricing for legal services, smart law firms don’t have […]

DLA Piper advises CGI Windows & Doors in sale of its business to PGT

DLA Piper has represented CGI Windows & Doors Holdings, a portfolio company of Cortec Group Fund IV and a manufacturer of hurricane-impact-resistant windows and doors, in the sale of its business to PGT, a manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors.  The transaction is expected to close in September 2014, subject to customary […]

Samuel Chau joins the banking team in Eversheds’ Hong Kong office

Eversheds’ Hong Kong office has announced the appointment of partner Samuel Chau in the banking team. Chau was previously a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel in Hong Kong and prior to that a counsel at Sidley Austin, where he worked for more than 10 years. Chau has experience in the corporate banking, asset and project […]

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s investment funds team acts on six transactions

The investment funds team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has over the past three months acted on seven high-profile transactions that have raised more than £700m in aggregate. In May 2014, the team acted for existing client GCP Student Living on its open offer, placing and offer for subscription, which raised £42m. In June, […]

Rich Greenstein set to chair DLA Piper’s US franchise and distribution practice

DLA Piper has announced that Rich Greenstein has been named chair of the firm’s US franchise and distribution practice. Greenstein is a transactional lawyer with more than 30 years of experience representing clients across industries involving franchise and distribution law, intellectual property, licensing and mergers and acquisitions. He led the firm’s franchise and distribution practice […]

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